The coup of 25 April 1974 suddenly removed the buffer zone of white-controlled states (or colonies) north of South Africa, or at least made it unsure. Maybe it was due to this that Premier Vorster increased his détente efforts. On 23 October 1974 he told the South African Senate in an important speech: “Africa was good to us, and as far as it is possible, we are prepared to give back to Africa what we have received so freely over the years”. He also said “that South Africa is prepared to do its part and contribute its part to assist with order, development, and financial aid to other countries in Africa, and especially those closer to South Africa, as much as is required and as much as it is within its path and within its capabilities”. (Senate Debates, 1st Session – 4th Senate, No. 9, 21-25 October 1974, column 3431-3433)
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